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Russia-Ukraine latest news: Russia ‘used vacuum bomb’, Ukraine ambassador claims

Ukraine’s ambassador to the US says Russia used a vacuum bomb on Monday in its invasion of Ukraine.

Oksana Markarova appealed to members of US Congress for more help as her country resists a “brutal war”.

“They used the vacuum bomb today, which is actually prohibited by the Geneva convention,” she said.

“The devastation that Russia is trying to inflict on Ukraine is large.”

A vacuum bomb uses oxygen from the surrounding air to generate a high-temperature explosion, typically producing a blast wave of a significantly longer duration than that of a conventional explosive.

She said Ukraine was working actively with US President Joe Biden’s administration and Congress to obtain more weapons and tougher sanctions.

“They should pay, they should pay a heavy price,” the ambassador said.

The White House reacted coolly to a proposal by Volodymyr Zelensky for a no-fly zone for Russian flights over Ukraine, saying US participation in such a move would be tantamount to a direct conflict with Moscow.

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